FIKA is, in this instance, a soul-groove duo from England rather than, a Swedish pastries and coffee break, though either being equally appropriate prior to hitting play.
A couple of tracks are around both of which delve deep in to the brain and slow down the synapses.
Piano Down – the latest reveal, which came out on the 6th, is a blend of minor-chord progressions on a Korg SV-1 (that give the songs its drifting sadness) set to reversed guitar fretwork, which gives the track its sense of an aural description of a Wundt illusion. The structured skipping tempo and percussion transposes the song to an acid-jazz influence with the soulful vocal conjoining all the ideas in to a smooth-groove.
If that all sounds a tad deconstructed, trust me, as posited by the name of the band – grab yourself a cup of coffee, some pastries, hang up your heels and enjoy just over four and a quarter minutes of ambient flow.
Piano Down – Fika is available on itunes.*
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Etches, from England, haven’t been around for too long and once there is more material to hear I will post a full review of the quintet.
Etches – The Charm Offensive – artwork
A new single The Charm Offensive is being released on the 24th February.
Sliding of the speakers leaving the listener feeling like a herpetologist with a specialism in Serpentes The Charm Offensive slithers across the room filling it with writhing shapes. The track which extends to just under five and a half minutes is an extrusion of continual textures melting one into the other leaving the listener mesmerised by the sheer elegance and delicacy contained within the muscular frame.
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Neonfaith from New York in the USA have a new six track EP set for release on the 1st October.
Running at just under 25 minutes Neonfaith continue with their exploration of the luxuriant in this release.
Opening with Escape, a beautifully textured track that rings of the imagery that flows through the music put out by the trio (don’t be confused by the four heads in the artwork). The opener harks of ’70s funfair sounds which have been muted as though through the lens of time.
Next is Lowlands has reversed scratch reflecting in the pools of ebbing water as the band digs ever deeper into the sub-woofer stretching territory. A delightful four and a half minutes of dream electronica.
Tied Together is more percussion led which gives it a more stark and earthy feel and although it only runs for just under three minutes is my pick of the release as it demonstrates the ability Neonfaith to wrest the most out of the least.
Darkest Light heads back towards the opener and is a far lighter texture as the notes are dampened almost as-though recorded through a microphone in a soundproofed room. Superb.
Fifty Three 51 in contrast brings out big echoes and fuzzing to deliver a aurally intoxicating piece of music.
The concluding track Mercury was my introduction of the band almost a year ago and a pleasure to hear again on the EP.
Neonfaith are masters at creating evocative tracks that draw in the listener to settling back and dimming the lights to allow the ambient flickers to gently float around the brain.
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